Medical Music Therapy

As a recognized health profession, music therapy is the use of music-centered experiences between a credentialed professional and a patient, during which time the therapist helps the patient achieve his/ her non-musical therapeutic goals. 

In order to ensure a unified approach to the patient’s care, music therapists are an active member of the treatment team/interdisciplinary team. The frequency and duration of music therapy sessions should be determined by a physician, members of the treatment team and/or by the music therapist, and can be modified at any time. 

Medical music therapy goals may include: 

  • Using music as a distraction 
  • Reducing pain
  • Reducing medication levels 
  • Reducing anxiety 
  • Reducing stress
  • Increasing awareness / Reality orientation
  • Improving communication
  • Providing more opportunities for sensory stimulation 
  • Rehabilitation (both neurological and physical)
  • Quality of Life for imminent Hospice patients 

Common interventions used during medical music therapy sessions can include singing, song-writing, reminiscing, lyric analysis, instrument play, movement and life review. 



Music Therapy services are effective in the following hospital settings/departments: 

  • Diabetes 
  • Oncology 
  • Cardiology 
  • Radiology 
  • Orthopedic / Prosthetics 
  • Neurology 
  • Neurologic and Physical Rehabilitation Centers (both inpatient and outpatient) 
  • Co-treatment with SLP, OT, PT 
  • Music Therapy Procedural Support (Echocardiogram, CT, EEG, EKG, MRI, IV starts, Ventilator Extubation, Surgical Support) 
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Outpatient Treatment Center